Say ‘no’ to parole

  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the Editor:

On April 30, the serial killer of three young teenage girls may be paroled from prison to walk among you a free man unless you take action to stop this.

Richard Raymond Valenti caused the death of two of these three young girls by tying a noose around their necks with rope tied to a pipe, kicked a chair out from under them and watched as they slowly strangled to death.

Sometime later he had three other teenaged girls tied up under a house at Folly Beach (one of whom was my daughter) and they would have suffered the same fate but by the Grace of God and a policeman walking by who heard one of the girls scream after she forced her gag off. Valenti was charged but never tried on the kidnappings.

Valenti also assaulted three other young girls. At the time of the murders [1973], South Carolina did not have a death sentence as one of the options when he was found guilty [Valenti was sentenced to life x 2 but is, unlike today, still eligible for parole.] and he has been coming up for parole ever since he served the first 10 years of his two consecutive life sentences.

I humbly beg you to either write the parole board at: Board of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, 2221 Devine St., Suite 300, P.O. Box 50666, Columbia, SC 29250 asking them to deny Valenti’s parole or by their website at www.dppps.sc.gov. Under contacts on its website choose “deny parole” and fill in the information requested. Valenti’s ID number is: 00071878

I also ask that you send an email to all your contacts asking them to do the same and pass it on, etc. By doing so you will probably be able to save other young girls from the same fate as the three girls he murdered.

Please take a few moments to keep this serial killer locked up where he can do no more harm. Valenti was given two consecutive life sentences at his trial. Let him serve out his sentence.

Cecile E. Fedol

Mount Pleasant

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